19 November 2015
Christchurch-Paraparaumu service to be chopped
Air New Zealand will cut flights between Christchurch and the Kapiti Coast, due to a lack of demand. The Kapiti Coast Airport to Christchurch route had been operating at a loss since it was launched two years ago, a statement from the airline said. "Unfortunately the Paraparaumu to Christchurch route has been operating regularly at little over half full and that's simply not sustainable long term," group general manger for New Zealand and Pacific Islands Louise Struthers said. The airline was increasing return services on the more popular route between Kapiti and Auckland by two per week, to a total of 16 weekly flights. Struthers said this would create more opportunity for customers to connect via Auckland to the rest of the airline's domestic and international network. Air New Zealand launched the daily service between Kapiti and Christchurch in November 2013 using 50-seater Bombardier Q300 aircraft. At the time, Kapiti Coast Airport chairman Sir Noel Robinson said it was a big step forward and would boost tourism in the district. "For the international traveller, it means they can come to Kapiti before going to the South Island, instead of going to Wellington and missing Kapiti out." Kapiti Mayor Ross Church said he was disappointed to see the Christchurch service go, "however there simply hasn't been the demand we had hoped for". The last Paraparaumu to Christchurch service will be on February 28. Passengers already booked on services beyond that date will be given the option of flying via Wellington or Auckland, or receiving a full refund. Flights from Paraparaumu to Auckland started in October 2011.
Source : http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/kapiti-observer/74208208/air-new-zealand-drops-christchurch-to-kapiti-flights
What do you reckon Andrew???
Posted by Steve L at 6:26 PM